Statue of Caesar dog located – couple charged – Edmondson Park

A man and a woman will appear in court later this month after being charged with the alleged theft of a statue of a dog in Sydney’s south-west last year.

The alleged theft happened about 2.10am on Thursday 12 December 2019, at Edmondson Park Railway Station.

The statue of the dog, known as Caesar, is celebrated as one of 11 local tracker dogs that saved the lives of their handlers during the Vietnam War.

Officers from Liverpool City Police Area Command commenced an investigation and obtained CCTV footage of a silver car which drove into the railway station car park on Croatia Avenue.

A man and a woman were seen to park the car and return a short time later.

After numerous attempts, the man managed to remove the statue and place it into the boot of the car, before driving away.

Following numerous inquiries and a media appeal, police arrested a 39-year-old Liverpool man and a 51-year-old Liverpool woman.

The were both charged with stealing and granted conditional bail to appear before Liverpool Local Court on Wednesday 30 September 2020.

The bronze statue of Caesar, worth an estimated $40,000 has been recovered by police and is being assessed for damage.

Police would like to thank the media and the public for their assistance.

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